In this edition of things to do this weekend July 21-23, we find ourselves just under the one-week countdown to the 89th Annual Lake County Fair. Continue here to see the top five things to do in this year’s version of the Grayslake event.
With our warm Lake County summers, you can also head to the beach. Click here to see our beach guide.
However, here are the top 5 things to do this weekend July 21-23. Happy Birthday 125th Village of Antioch!
Alpine Fest is nostalgic bliss wrapped in a neat little package. The annual Lake Zurich event began initially to celebrate victories of World War II in 1942. The festival continues its history this weekend as the Lions Club sponsored event features a parade, carnival rides, games, delicious eats, family events, the Fire Fighters Water Fights, live entertainment and more. Some of the live music acts include Hi Infidelity, Kashmir, Arra, 7th Heaven, Keith Semple – a top 20 finalist from NBC’s “The Voice” and more.
Friday-Sunday, July 21-23; Fri 6 p.m.-midnight, Sat 1 p.m.-midnight and Sun 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Lion Fred Blau Park, 81 E. Main St., Lake Zurich.
How about a little fun in the sun in Antioch? The Taste of Summer Festival in Antioch features carnival rides for the family, deliciously prepared eats from the village’s top restaurants, splendid merchandise from the area’s sidewalk sale and exceptional live acts in the Brook Bandshell. Some of the bands gracing the bandshell stage include the Neverly Brothers, American English, 7th Heaven and more.
Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23; Thurs Noon-10 p.m., Fri Noon-11 p.m., Sat Noon-11 p.m., Sun Noon-6 p.m. Downtown Antioch.
3. Blondie & Garbage: Rage & Rapture Tour (July 22). Andrew Bird and Esperanza Spalding (July 23) at Ravinia
Blondie and Garbage make a stop at Ravinia Festival with their Rage and Rapture Tour. At the dawn of the new wave era, Blondie helped push punk onto the dance floor building a catalog of enduring pop hits along the way. The band continues to inspire the world of music. Frontwoman Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, the band’s founders, have collaborated since 1974. Blondie, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, is known for hit singles like “Call Me,” “Rapture,” “Heart of Glass” and “One Way or Another.” Post-grunge, alt-rocker band Garbage won fans and acclaim around the world with their hit songs “Special,” “Stupid Girl” and “When I Grow Up.” On Sunday, see the talented former Lake County resident Andrew Bird. The Lake Forest High School and Northwestern grad had albums “Break it Yourself” and “Are You Serious” peak at no. 1 in the US Folk Billboard Charts. Before pursuing a solo career, the violinist, singer and songwriter was a band member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Bowl of Fire. Bird is joined by Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding. Spalding was the first jazz artist to win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Spalding also recorded three-consecutive albums that have topped the US Jazz Billboard Charts. Visit Ravinia.org for a 20 percent off promo code for Bird and Spalding.
Rage and Rapture Tour: Saturday, July 22; 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $38-$90. Bird/Spalding: Sunday, July 23; 7 p.m. Tickets: $33-$75. Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park.
The 10th Annual Bogs in Art Show runs until July 30 at Volo Bog State Natural Area. The Ingleside event features the essence and beauty of bogs. Artists will display their work while silent auction bids run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. throughout the weekend. While you’re there, take a guided tour of the bog on Saturday or Sunday at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Make sure you mark your calendar for International Bog Day on Sunday, July 30 where the Ingleside natural area features a reception and live music.
Friday-Sunday, July 21-23; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside.
More than 500 Major League Baseball players served in World War II including Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio. The National Museum of the American Sailor exhibit “When Baseball Went to War: From Ship to Shore” explores the history of Navy baseball from its earliest years through present day. The first ship-based baseball teams formed in the 1880s, and by World War I, America’s favorite pastime was integrated into Navy training. The league expanded by WWII flourishing on a plethora of U.S. Naval bases, European and Pacific theaters. The exhibit highlights Navy players like Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Phil Rizzuto and Williams. The National Museum of the American Sailor free admission event runs through December 31.
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. National Museum of the American Sailor, Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave., Great Lakes.
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